Mako Invent, Ryerson University, and RBC Royal Bank have teamed up for the first annual Student Invention Awards at Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Student Product Designers and Inventors are competing for over $10,000 in cash and services-in-kind! Over the next few weeks, students will be busy finalizing their consumer product designs, invention ideas, product prototypes, and invention business plans.
More information about the Award can be found here: www.makoinvent.com/ryersonaward
The Awards will be taking place on the afternoon of Apr. 11, 2014 at the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University (10 Dundas Street East, 6th Floor), so save the date as anyone affiliated with Mako Invent are welcome (Non-Disclosure Agreements will be signed at the event of course!).
Top Picture: Mako Invent‘s President Kevin Mako speaking to students, faculty, and industry partners about the industrial design awards.
What a game! Canada took the US for the semi-finals in the Olympic Men’s Hockey today! We had to take a break to watch the teeth-clenching 1-0 victory. After a beer or two, we’re back to work (needless to say, creativity and energy is up!). What are your plans for the Finals this Sunday at 7am?!
I cannot fathom why it has taken so long for a product such as this to come out. It’s a no brainer! If you enjoy sketching and/or doodling, or find yourself constantly jotting down a quick reminder, note, or event etc. then this is definitely for you. It is a notebook one could have for life – the ultimate in sustainability. It’s perfect for us here at Mako Invent as we always find ourselves filling up pieces of paper with loose sketches.
This is a great example of simple product innovation – the kind that we hope becomes a big success!
What makes a great innovation entrepreneur? Many people would respond by saying “creativity”…that the invention entrepreneur had a great idea. That makes sense…except it would not be accurate. Many a great idea has not made it to market.
The answer is perseverance. This is the one quality that distinguishes the “would be” innovation entrepreneur, from the real thing.
Let’s use a relevant example that everyone knows about. Steve Jobs. Innovative? Yes. Creative? Yes. But were those the qualities that ultimately led to his success? No. Mr. Jobs faced immense challenges in nurturing his idea(s) along. Did he ever quit? No, Not even when he lost his company. His perseverance defined him. It is a trait common to overachievers – they never give up on what they believe in. They always find a way to realize their dream and overcome any hurdle.
So, if you are an invention entrepreneur with an idea, the first thing you need to do is look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that once you decide you really do want to make your idea a reality…you will not stop until it is. Then take that first step and never look back.
That is the key to innovation entrepreneur success. Good luck!
Here’s a simple idea that is a classic case of “I could have thought of that!”.
The simplicity of this product is what makes it so cool. A flat, tapered leg, powder coated in matte black or white paint makes for a sleek and modern support system for any flat surface. Take an old door, a slab of beautiful elm wood, or a sheet of acrylic and convert it into a usable table. This is sustainability at its finest! It is the kind of innovation we love here at Mako.
Check out the “Floyd Leg” on Kickstarter.com if you would like more information on the product. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/957579505/the-floyd-leg?ref=discovery